Tags: Church & State

Prime Minister’s dissembling, hypocritical and disingenuous speech to religious leaders

Posted: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, gave an Easter reception for Christian leaders at Downing Street this week at which he delivered an unctuous speech of such disingenuousness and hypocrisy that it almost takes the breath away. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Equality & Human Rights, Church of England, Council Prayers, 'Militant' secularism, Big Society

Why militant secularism is for believers, too

Posted: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Atheists cannot be made to believe and believers cannot – with some exceptions – be persuaded that they are deluded (as Richard Dawkins would have it). So we have to leave it at that and then find a way to live together. That way is secularism. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, 'Militant' secularism

The Church of England – myth and reality

Posted: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on how the Church of England plays on the shortness of memory to rewrite its often unpleasant history. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Christianity, Catholic Church, Church of England

Mr Pickles “community cohesion” policy is a recipe for conflict

Posted: Fri, 24 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Why is the Coalition Government increasingly embracing the policy of the US Republicans of appropriating religion for political purposes? Read More »

Tags: Community Cohesion, Church & State

The great debate begins

Posted: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson

We've been trying for a long time to get a national debate going about the place of religion in British society. It took our court case in Bideford to really ignite it. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England, Council Prayers

Baroness Warsi and her gang of pious politicos are out of step with the nation

Posted: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson warns that Baroness Warsi risks starting a culture war that she cannot win. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Christianity, Catholic Church, 'Militant' secularism

The Catholic War on Democracy

Posted: Thu, 09 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on how the Pope is trying to run American politics and bring it in line with his own teachings, regardless of what the people want. Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Reproductive Rights, Church & State

Sentamu's shot at gay marriage is only the first salvo in a bitter battle to come

Posted: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has warned the government that if it tries to legalise gay marriage, it will face a huge onslaught from religious bodies. Read More »

Tags: Christianity, Church & State, Church of England, Equality & Human Rights, Catholic Church

Establishment and the gay bishop

Posted: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on how the Church seems to want it both ways. It wants to be exempt from the law on religious grounds, but it also wants to pretend that it is the "nation's church" serving everyone without fear or favour. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Equality & Human Rights, Church of England

A New Year when secularism must stand up for itself or be overwhelmed by religious power-seeking

Posted: Tue, 03 Jan 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The signs have been there for some considerable time – religion around the world is reviving, and it is not the benign, let's-be-good-to-each-other kind of religion that the propagandists would have us believe. Read More »

Tags: Christianity, Church & State, Big Society, Faith Schools, Education

Cameron is joining the right-wing rush to religion

Posted: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 by Terry Sanderson

David Cameron's now notorious speech to the Church of England, in which he promised to elevate "Christian values" to a special place in society, has been much commented on in the past week. Read More »

Tags: David Cameron, Christianity, Church of England, Morality, Church & State

No, Mr Blair – for all our sakes, pulpits and parliament must remain separate

Posted: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 by Terry Sanderson

Is Tony Blair — the man who converted to Catholicism when he left the office of Prime Minister and went on to establish the Tony Blair Faith Foundation — a secularist? Read More »

Tags: Christianity, Church & State, Tony Blair